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Best of 2016: Turning the corner – the subtle riding styles in WorldSBK

Back at the Malaysian WSBK race weekend in May, Crash.net sat down with Michael Laverty to dissect the different riding styles in the championship and why it is so vital to understand in racing...
As we close in on the end of 2016, it's time to look back at the biggest moments across the motorsport world – for better or for worse – over the last 12 months.

Turning the corner – who does what in WorldSBK with Michael Laverty

Back at the Malaysian World Superbikes race weekend in May, Crash.net sat down with Michael Laverty to dissect the different riding styles in the championship and why it is so vital to understand in racing.

Laverty, former MotoGP star and current British Superbike contender, was in Sepang spotting for his brother-in-law Chaz Davies and gave us his unique insight into the style of the world title contender including Davies, Rea and Sykes and how bike characteristics can have an effect.

A real hit at the time and a refreshing and relevant insight into the finer details of motorcycle racers.

First published: 26th May 2016

Turning the corner: Who does what in WorldSBK?

What does a British Superbike title contender do on his weekend off?

If you're Michael Laverty, you fly halfway around the world to assist brother-in-law Chaz Davies at the Sepang World Superbike round.

The racing Laverty brothers (Michael, Eugene and John) are renowned for their ability to 'spot' trackside; studying the behaviour of each bike and rider to help - in this case - Chaz.

In MotoGP, Valentino Rossi now has Luca Cadalora to provide such information, while Jorge Lorenzo has long counted on the trackside advice of another former racer, Wilco Zeelenberg.

Just before the wet second race at Sepang, Crash.net asked Michael if he could explain the differences between the riding techniques in WSBK this season...


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